Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Demarai Gray is expected to lead the line again, with Ellis Simms ready to provide a different threat off the bench like he did at Chelsea

With the first international break of 2023 out the way, Everton return to Premier League action on Monday under the lights at Goodison Park when they entertain Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs travel for their first match since Antonio Conte left the club following his astonishing outburst after a 3-3 draw at Southampton where he criticised his players and the culture at the club for their collective failure to achieve success in recent years.

In Conte’s place will be Cristian Stellini who has remained at Tottenham with the brief of overseeing the North Londoners’ push for a Top 4 place between now and the end of the season.

The Italian, who deputised for his compatriot earlier this year when Conte was recovering from surgery, insists that Spurs are not a club in crisis ahead of their trip to Merseyside but, while the change in manager could have an impact on the players, it’s impossible to know what frame of mind they will be in when they emerge from the tunnel into what is likely to be a fevered atmosphere inside the Grand Old Lady.

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With a siege mentality intensified by the Premier League’s decision to refer their club to an independent commission because of alleged breaches of financial rules, Evertonians are expected to pack Goodison determined to roar their team on to what would be another massive home win if Everton can achieve it.

Depending on how results go over the weekend prior to the Blues kicking off the last match of the week, Sean Dyche’s side could move up to 12th place with a victory but any positive result they can achieve would be important in what is currently the tightest relegation scrap of the Premier League era.

It looks very likely that Everton will, once again, have to plan to be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin following the news that the striker has still not rejoined full first-team training. Dyche is content with Calvert-Lewin’s progress as Everton's absent goal-poacher works towards fitness as his comments in his pre-match press conference on Thursday would suggest that the 26-year-old won’t be involved.

And while he probably won’t start, it provides another opportunity for Ellis Simms to step into the breach like he did so emphatically at Stamford Bridge last time out, coming off the bench to score a superb equaliser against Chelsea.

Dyche is expected to name an unchanged team, with Demarai Gray leading the line, but he will be boosted by the knowledge that he has a potential impact sub in the ranks if he needs to either change the game or increase the Blues’ firepower in the second half.

For their part, Tottenham have a number of injury concerns, among them former Everton favourite, Richarlison, who is set to miss out on a return to Goodison because of injury.

Defenders Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon are also ruled out along with Emerson Royal, Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur but Ivan Perisic and Hugo Lloris could be fit after all despite being rated doubtful earlier this week.

Even with those missing players, Spurs have plenty of talent in their ranks, with strike duo Harry Kane and Son Hueng-Min both boasting decent scoring records in this fixture, while Arnaut Danjuma will, no doubt, be itching to show what Everton missed out on when he abruptly ditched them during the transfer window despite having agreed a loan switch to Goodison from Villarreal.

Under Dyche, however, the Toffees have already ended two of the longest unbeaten runs in the League this season by beating leaders Arsenal and surprise package Brentford, so they will arrive with the belief that they can beat Tottenham at home in the Premier League for the first time in 11 years.

Kick-off: 8 pm, Monday 3 April 2023
Referee: David Coote
VAR: Michael Oliver
Last Time: Everton 0 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Doucouré, McNeil, Gray


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George Stuart
1 Posted 01/04/2023 at 06:54:41
I was looking at the weekends fixtures and finding happily that there are enough 6 pointers for the weekend to yield at least some joy.
Then a thought crosses my mind the nature of which I never ever thought would pass me by.
Brighton vs Brentford. Too elevated to be of interest to Everton. Strange times.
Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 01/04/2023 at 07:13:07
Full focus on Monday nights game. Hopefully Sean Dyche will have Everton’s s squad fully focused and up for a very tough but winnable game, and break the decade plus home run of no victory v Spurs.

The 12th Man, Goodison Park, under the flood lights' will play a key role.


Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 01/04/2023 at 08:19:53
I'm putting the Kenwright circus and pantomime aside for now. Clowns have always had a sinister side to them. For those who read or watch, Stephen King's Pennywise could be Kenwright.

I'm going to ignore the corrupt corridors of the FA for 3 days

Now it's all about the team and getting the points. Do what you will. I'm following Everton regardless.

I have faith in Dyche to make sure the players are focussed on the only thing they can influence, which is on the pitch and to get a result.

March and show spirit. We are behind you all the way.

Jerome Shields
4 Posted 01/04/2023 at 08:52:33
This is Dyche's first match after a international break.I just hope he was able to keep the training momentum going. Unlike other Managers.Hopefilly we might even get continued progress.
Derek Knox
5 Posted 01/04/2023 at 11:11:14
Seems ages since the last game, even if it was only two weeks and a couple of days till Monday. Like some have already mentioned other teams' results could have an impact on us today, let's hope it is a positive one. I say this every match but hope Simms and Garner play some part on Monday night, if not from the start.

Slightly off this match topic, but does anyone know if the Fulham game, which clashes with the Grand National at Aintree, will be brought forward to around 12.30/13.00 ? Hope, if so, they make an announcement soon, as is usually the case, supporters are a secondary consideration. Don't they understand that many have to make travel arrangements in advance, with many having to book flights or Trains ?

Paul Tran
6 Posted 01/04/2023 at 11:47:57
Derek, I'm guessing they're sticking with the 3pm kick-off because the National is run at 5.15 and therefore, doesn't clash.
Ian Pilkington
7 Posted 01/04/2023 at 11:53:05
I thought I read somewhere that McNeil would be banned for the Spurs match after picking up a fifth booking at Chelsea. Anyone else know?

Last season we played Manchester United on Grand National Day with a 1230 or 1245 kick off. The train from Maghull North was very busy. I remember being surprised that the match hadn’t been switched to Sunday as normal for National Day. They are leaving it very late for the Fulham match.

Derek Knox
8 Posted 01/04/2023 at 12:35:48
Paul T, how are you mate ? While I understand what you are saying, the actual timings are almost two hours apart for the starting times, but the logistics of all that traffic leaving Goodison will coincide with people leaving Aintree. Both heading for town, and towards the arterial roads leading away, it would make sense to bring the match forward an hour or two.

Ian P, they always do leave things late, it pisses me off, as I'm sure it does, many others, that fans aren't sure till the last minute. I am aware that many travel from Ireland and Europe for matches, as well as those from all corners of the UK, requiring Buses, Trains or Cars (parking and traffic considerations). They must think that everyone lives within walking distance of Goodison Park !

Paul Tran
9 Posted 01/04/2023 at 12:48:05
Hi Derek, I'm very well, thanks. I agree with you, just guessing that that's their reasoning. Bonkers for a match to be on that day, I'm surprised the police didn't veto it. Back in the day, my wife got me all three days at Aintree followed by the Sunday Palace game for my birthday. All arranged well in advance. We had a cracking weekend and far more sensible arrangements for both sports.
Chris Gould
10 Posted 01/04/2023 at 12:52:59
Ian, Mcneil is available. A suspension for five yellows only occurs if a player gets them in the first 19 league matches.
Rob Halligan
11 Posted 01/04/2023 at 12:55:26
Derek, the Man City home game is still scheduled for Saturday 13th May at 3pm. This is also the date of the Eurovision Song Contest being held at the M & S Arena. The city is going to be full of thousands of foreign tourists that weekend, but fortunately not the RS foreign tourists. The tv scheduling for that date has yet to be announced though, so I guess the Man City game could probably be changed to maybe the Monday night.
Richard Lyons
12 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:05:13
I recall a Spurs supporting colleague of mine bemoaning the fact that Everton were one of their bogey teams, I suppose that must have been at least 10 years ago... oh for those days again... and yet I feel it's gonna happen for us on Monday: nil satis nisi 2-0!
Jim Wilson
13 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:13:24
So Michael Oliver is on VAR duty.

The man who has publicly said he hates Everton is allowed once again to rig an Everton game.

All you need to know about the PL

Ray Roche
14 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:16:44
Jim, where did you hear that about Oliver?
Jim Wilson
15 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:18:43
He was recorded saying it at a Newcastle game.
Ray Roche
16 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:20:59
He shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near our games. Shocking.
David West
17 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:25:05
Oh the days when we could just worry about if we are going to get 3 points!!

I Hope the players and Dyche use all the negativity around the club to galvanise a seige mentality. It could all have such a negative impact an what Dyche is trying to achieve.

He was already trying to pull off the equivalent of climbing everest in a pair of trainies with his shoe laces tied together and both hands behind his back. The board just keep piling big heavy bags on his back, saying go on Sean you can still do it !

If he saves us this season... the man needs a bar in BMD named after him !

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 01/04/2023 at 13:33:19
If my memory is still in tact, on National day, if at home, traditionally we had an early kick off.
Jeff Armstrong
19 Posted 01/04/2023 at 14:06:45
Your correct Danny, I think we played Saints at 11am one time, but that was when the race ran between 3&4pm.
Pete Day
20 Posted 01/04/2023 at 14:11:22
I hope they don't change the Fulham KO, it's my first visit to the old lady, travelling up from the south, that said 1230 is doable just not ideal!
Barry McNally
21 Posted 01/04/2023 at 14:28:02
Derek 5, last year's game v ManUre was at 12:30 but it was televised - I doubt they'll change the kick off this late in the day as not on TV.
Jim Lloyd
22 Posted 01/04/2023 at 16:26:37
Well said Jim (13) He should be banned as a Var ref for our games. Your right Danny, we used to start early, don't know if that's still the case. National day isn't just for the National. There's really heavy traffic coming along County Road from way before the first race. Mind you, Monday night seems to becoming our regular kick off time!
John Raftery
23 Posted 01/04/2023 at 20:53:59
The Fulham match has been listed as a confirmed 3 p.m fixture for a few weeks. It won’t be changed.

There was a time when the local clubs and Aintree Racecourse avoided a clash partly to enable fans to attend both the match and the race meeting as well as assisting the policing. The National meeting is now all ticket with tickets sold out months ahead, our home games are always sold out in advance while the burden of supervising these events has switched more towards the deployment of security personnel.

An 11.00 a.m. kick off was the most common arrangement such as the games versus Southampton in 1984 and Pompey in 1988. We even had a derby match at Anfield in 1976 with a morning kick off when David Fairclough scored the only goal near the end. There was still time for Phil Neal to miss a penalty.

We also had a Saturday evening kick off versus Chelsea in 1969. I don’t think that experiment was repeated. The attendance was lower than normal and we lost!

Danny O’Neill
24 Posted 01/04/2023 at 21:49:51
As long as they let me know.

I'm planning on a 3pm kick off.

If I need to travel early Everton, let me know in advance.

Ian Pilkington
25 Posted 01/04/2023 at 22:43:48
A belated thanks.
Mark Murphy
26 Posted 02/04/2023 at 09:58:03
The David Fairclough derby!!
Still brings me out in cold sweats that fecking goal!!
Danny O’Neill
27 Posted 02/04/2023 at 10:05:22

Mine is that Gary McAllister one.

A foul to us and a free kick never given.

Seconds later, a free kick given to them. Harmless, it's near the centre circle.

They then roll the ball forward 10 yards unchecked by the official, who I am convinced had his LFC shirt on under his referees top.

A seemingly harmless long range attempt that Paul "CoCo the Clown" Gerrard flapped at like a limp Salmon. In it went.

I've seen us beat them. I witnessed defeats. But I don't think I recall ever feeling as gutted after a derby as that one.

Bitter, twisted and very proud.

Tony Abrahams
29 Posted 02/04/2023 at 10:53:11
Ray@14, never mind what he’s said mate, because his actions speak louder than any words. He got a lot of our games towards the end of last season, and Everton finished every single one of them (I think) with ten men.

John@23, bringing up that Southampton game has just gave me a great memory, mate. (I got the dates wrong but I’m still certain it was this game) I remember being in the Glawdys st, and everyone was dead happy. The banter was flowing and a brilliant calmness, had replaced the anger and anxiety that had been in place for years. I'm sure we were getting ready to play in our second cup final that season, and it was the first time in my life I’d witnessed the Evertonians so naturally happy and calm.

It’s lived with me forever that feeling, it’s why I often call for a United fan base, and this is why I’m delighted that tomorrow is a night match. If our team work hard, then us angry Evertonians, will be able to show the nation once again, that we are going fucking nowhere, because we are Everton and we shall not be moved🤞

It’s a very tough game tomorrow, and one that doesn’t fill me with confidence, so the first five minutes are going to be massive, and hopefully every single Everton player will be giving Dyche and us fans, maximum effort!

Brian Harrison
30 Posted 02/04/2023 at 12:06:19
Another tough game tomorrow, but as Dyche says the minimum requirement is maximum effort, and to be fair they have delivered that mantra over his period in charge. Whether that will be enough to avoid the drop I don't know but at least we have hope now under Lampard we had none. Just read a piece of an interview with Michael Keane were he said Frank was a good person but he didnt really speak to me. When I asked what I could do to get a chance, he said there's nothing really, at your age I am not going to tell you what to improve.

Now whether you like Michael Keane as a player or not, he deserved a better response than that, this just shows why no club should ever employ Lampard as a football manager. The worst manager this club has ever had, and I would suggest he stay away from management to which he is clearly unsuited. I remember many on here saying right up to him being sacked we should stick with him, just a pity he wasn't replaced with Dyche prior to the World Cup starting.

Paul Washington
31 Posted 02/04/2023 at 12:13:57
Tony #29
If memory serves, that early KO v Saints was just before we played them in the 84 FA cup semi final.
I remember watching an excellent performance from Howard's fledglings and thinking we could be going places with this team.
Danny O’Neill
32 Posted 02/04/2023 at 12:16:58
It will indeed be a tough game for Tottenham tomorrow Brian.

I agree with you with regard to Lampard. I was on the cautious side of the fence from the onset, and despite how likeable he was, never really climbed down from it.

Worst manager ever? I'll raise you Mike Walker.

David Hallwood
33 Posted 02/04/2023 at 12:38:23
Just think, depending on results, we could go into the game on Monday in the bottom 3, beat Spurs and go to 13th. How mad is that?
Peter Mills
34 Posted 02/04/2023 at 12:43:31
Brian#30, I was one of those saying we should stick with Frank Lampard, with the proviso that he must change his tactics. Mr Abrahams (senior) was very quick on here to correctly point out that Frank had shown no inclination to change his tactics. I was wrong, partly misguided as I liked Frank as a person, and he did our family a kindness at a time of trouble.

Maximum effort is the minimum requirement. The day has gone well so far. Grandson Sam lost 5-1 for the under 7s but was man of the match, and scored a pearler of a free kick with this left foot from outside the box - I don’t know which was better, seeing the ball hit the back of the net, or hearing the cry of “Sheedy” from one of the spectators.

In the under 9s, young Charlie broke his drought to score 2 late goals to help his team to a 3-2 win, reward for sticking to his task over recent weeks.

More at Goodison tomorrow, please.

Brian Wilkinson
35 Posted 02/04/2023 at 14:08:27
Bit of a tough one today the West Ham Saints game, normally I would say two dropped points each team is a good result, then you look at their positions and West Ham 2 games in hand, then a West ham win might not be the worst result, however a Saints win would be the worst case scenario.

We just need to get something out of tomorrow’s games, 3 points would be great, but the very least a point, got to make these home games count.

Forest have got some stinkers of fixtures remaining, much prefer who we have left, compared to theirs.

James Marshall
36 Posted 02/04/2023 at 14:24:24
Nice dull 0-0 so far at West Ham, and Leicester just sacked Brenda!
Rob Halligan
37 Posted 02/04/2023 at 14:46:40
Brian # 35………I’ve just had a look at Forests remaining fixtures, and you’re right. Out of all their remaining games I cannot see many draws in there for them, let alone a win. Southampton at home looks the most likely game where they could get a win, but other than that, doesn’t look good for them. However, football doesn’t work like that.
Pete Gunby
38 Posted 02/04/2023 at 15:27:26
Peter Mills. I’m in California watching ESPN plays of the day. Waiting to see young Sams goal- sounds like it has to be top 5.
Derek Valentine
39 Posted 02/04/2023 at 15:37:12
Going back to the Grand National. I remember being at Goodison, Burnley at home in April 1975. Friday night kick off. I'm sure this was because the National was the next day. Score was 1-1 with Latch getting our goal. L'Escargot winning the National. My dad being a bookie the National was always a big day in our house.
John Raftery
40 Posted 02/04/2023 at 15:37:15
Tony (29) That Southampton game was played three days after the League Cup final replay and a fortnight before our FA Cup semi-final against the Saints. Howard Kendall made one big change, Trevor Steven returning to the team in place of Alan Irvine.

After the 1-0 win I remember meeting a couple of friends outside the ground. We all agreed we now looked like a good team and went into that semi-final feeling quietly confident even though Southampton had a decent team which went on to finish runners-up in the league.

As regards tomorrow’s game, the first priority must be to keep a clean sheet. Sam Allardyce used to argue sixteen clean sheets in a season almost guarantees you won’t be relegated. We have seven clean sheets so far this season. Those matches have delivered seventeen points.

Tony Abrahams
41 Posted 02/04/2023 at 15:57:44
It's a big game for Michael Keane tomorrow, Brian. He's done well since he got back into our team whilst obviously having a point to prove to himself after getting the silent treatment from Frank Lampard?

Like John said, a clean sheet tomorrow would be massive, especially because Harry Kane must be brimming with confidence and he usually does very well against both Michael Keane and Pickford.

The relegation battle is really hotting-upso 3 points tomorrow would be huge.

Dave Abrahams
42 Posted 02/04/2023 at 16:07:42
Peter (34), It’s always better to hear praise from an outsider, sounds like Sam’s free kick was a cracker and Charlie getting among the goals again, they say good fortune comes in threes, I hope the other one for you the grandkids and all of us is an Everton victory tomorrow night!!
Bill Gall
43 Posted 02/04/2023 at 16:42:30
It shows how important every point earned is priceless, as there is only 7pts separating the teams from 12th to 20th. Home games are becoming a real priority.
Tony Abrahams
44 Posted 02/04/2023 at 16:48:13
I already knew I had the dates wrong, but it was definitely that Southampton game on grand National morning when Andy Grey scored the goal, that I was on about John, mate.

The mood had changed, we finally had a very competitive team again, and after just watching a 30 minutes highlights show of that semifinal against Southampton at highbury, it’s easy to see why.

Everton were just beginning to wear teams down, with great desire and a relentless pressing game, that always helped to engage the crowd, and the happiest period of my Evertonian life was just beginning!

I loved highbury, I remember playing a FA youth cup semifinal at that ground, and with the windows open in the changing room, you could hear the people talking in the street, and I don’t know why, but for some reason, it instantly reminded me of Goodison Pk, and I couldn’t wait to get out on the pitch, to start play the game that we all love.

Derek Knox
45 Posted 02/04/2023 at 17:10:13
Picking up on various comments regarding Lampard as Manager, I too was all for giving him a chance to succeed, but evidently the survival of last season was more down to the fans and the atmosphere at GP against Palace, than his acumen.

That should have been a wake up call, not only for Frank himself but the Board too, we should never have ever got into that position with the amount of money that has been spent (wasted/squandered). I think many were prepared to give him some leeway, but the signs were there that it just wasn't going to work.

I think it was left too late to sack him, and as many have suggested it should have been pre-World Cup, that way the new Manager would have more time to assess and possibly strengthen and also with few departures. It goes to show though at the end of the day, being a nice fella is no qualification for a Premiership Manager's Job.

Likewise it strengthens that argument, that once good, or outstanding players, rarely make good managers.

David Vaughan
46 Posted 02/04/2023 at 18:37:17
I'm more guilty than most to let the present negativity around Everton dominate my love for this club. But I'm seeing the error of my ways.

I've seen the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock rising up from the waterside many times already but today, in the afternoon sunshine, I saw it for the first time from the Wirral side of the river, New Brighton in particular.

Majesty is the only word I can think of. And the way it dwarfs our first ground set physically and metaphorically wayback in the distance. Everton will rise again, we are rising again. The future has begun, and continues tomorrow with three more precious points. UTFT. FFS.

Bill Gall
47 Posted 02/04/2023 at 19:13:56
David #46,

Only seen the building in pictures but I can't really appreciate what it must look live on a nice day.

My only regret is I do not have the finances to name it when complete, as when coming by ferry from the Isle of Man or Ireland, the first thing you noticed to give you that "I am home" feeling was the Royal Liver Building.

That's why I think this new stadium should be called "The Blue Horizon".

Mike Connolly
48 Posted 02/04/2023 at 19:34:53
Sounds a good name that, Bill.
Brent Stephens
49 Posted 02/04/2023 at 19:59:13
Bill #47,

"My only regret is I do not have the finances to name it when complete".

You never know, given current circumstances, it might end up being called Bill's Gaff.

Bill Gall
50 Posted 02/04/2023 at 20:15:40
Brent #49,

If it was called that and who it represents, I would have to go back to the name only my mother called me and that was my birth name, William, and even if that is too close, I would change my first name to my middle name.
Ian Riley
51 Posted 02/04/2023 at 23:36:32
Dyche, if relegated takes no responsibility! The board sacking Frank to late will be the prime reason. Just have to go again tomorrow. In the bottom 3 but fitness and work rate improving so 3 points hopefully. Probably our biggest game mentally tomorrow moving up the table or doubt setting in. Both players and fans need to stay as one. Off the field, out of our hands!
Colin Glassar
52 Posted 03/04/2023 at 08:49:26
Ever since the middle of last season I now dread every Everton game even after a decent previous game. I don’t have any real faith in these players but I will back them to the hilt in our remaining games.

It’s so incredibly tight at the bottom and everyone is upping their game. It’s like trying to claw yourself out of a ditch full of zombies. Come on Everton, you can do it!

Danny O’Neill
53 Posted 03/04/2023 at 09:00:50
We're going in Colin and they need us, wherever we are in the world.

Live it and breath it.

We can do this. We will do it. Spporters, team and manager. The rest don't matter. They mean nothing to me after accusing me and 37,000 others of being thugs whilst they accept hospitality at Anfield.

Any ounce of decency they have left would be well spent crafting their resignation letters.

Tony Abrahams
54 Posted 03/04/2023 at 09:13:35
Tonight’s game worries me, but with it being Easter week, I’ve got memories of the time we murdered Spurs, which I’m sure was a game that was on a Good Friday? The things we cling to are not normal, but neither was it normal to see Gary Naismith scoring free kicks! I’d better get on YouTube now, to see if my memory is playing tricks on me.
Rob Halligan
55 Posted 03/04/2023 at 09:22:59
Tony, it was a Good Friday, and if I remember we were three up at half time. I also think the game finished 3 or 4 - 0.
Christopher Timmins
56 Posted 03/04/2023 at 09:41:49

You are spot on Tony, a 3 - 0 victory and after that game we went on a win less run until the end of the season.

I was very confident about tonight up until Friday last when the full extent of the clubs losses were made public and the possibility of a points deductions now hangs over us. In addition, I was not factoring in a scenario where we would e in the bottom 3 come kick off. I just hope the playing staff can but all the noise surrounding our finance to one side and deliver another big performance.

I am going with the same eleven as the last day, hopefully, Simms comes on to score a late winner.

Tony Abrahams
57 Posted 03/04/2023 at 09:53:52
After hearing that Christopher, I’d take the opposite mate. Lose tonight and then go on a unbeaten run for the rest of the season! I can still remember the last match of the season at Manchester City, which still makes me shudder, not long before Kenwright sold “our” 50 million teenager for ten million up front.

Bobby Mallon
58 Posted 03/04/2023 at 10:20:12
Danny 53. I’m afraid none of those in charge will be writing resignation letters, as they are hard faced fuckers who think they have done no wrong. They will cary on till the bitter end, taking their obscene salary blaming each other. CUNTS
Jimmy Salt
59 Posted 03/04/2023 at 10:52:47
Danny O’Neill. I was at that game sitting in the main stand, my friend and I were actually laughing at them rolling the ball forwards thinking how do they think they'll get away with that .
Christopher Timmins
60 Posted 03/04/2023 at 11:37:59

The City game was a shocker and Rooney's departure was soon to follow.

Does anyone think that the Gordon transfer might have been an absolute necessity given the numbers that have just emerged in the past couple of days?

Tony Abrahams
61 Posted 03/04/2023 at 12:25:37
I do Christopher, and I think the club showed the same complete lack of class, whilst purportedly trying to shift the blame, that it showed with both Franny Jeffers, and Wayne Rooney, who both also needed to be sold, to help with our financial situation during those times.
Dale Self
62 Posted 03/04/2023 at 13:36:23
I’m hoping Spurs are uninspired and slack without Contte. His was a tightly scripted one and a few of tbe fristrated players may try to get creative and leave some gaps and turnovers. Dyche could have the offence drilled enough to target the weak spots and will ceryainly have the box locked up. Cmon !! UTGDMFT!!!
Eddie Dunn
63 Posted 03/04/2023 at 13:55:35
Dale I fear a Spurs uplift in performance. The players will be playing for that 4th spot- so crucial to all of their futures with the European football it guarantees.
However, our lads are now singing from the same hym sheet and with the results not going particularly well for us over the weekend, and a visit to Old Trafford looming, they know that defeat is simply intolerable.
Jay Harris
64 Posted 03/04/2023 at 14:23:22
I would hope for some flares to unsettle the Spurs boys and a Bayern Munich atmosphere for the game we cannot lose and 3 points would be very handy,


Soren Moyer
65 Posted 03/04/2023 at 14:39:28
Only 10 games to go and we are in need of at least 12 points from those, so we better treat ALL GAMES as winnable, even Manchs away.
Dale Self
66 Posted 03/04/2023 at 14:40:19
I get it Eddie but Kulusevski is the only one I can think of who will play through like a professional. Maybe Romero as well but that won’t be enough to be an imposing side. I think they will cede possession and try to counter but when Spurs do that for extended spells overall incoherence of play results. That is the stuff Dyche looks to exploit.

I think the Spursy period just began

Nick Page
67 Posted 03/04/2023 at 14:47:13
Expect the usual fare tonight. This lot turn up as they always do against us, worldies going in from everywhere and we play patsy to Bill’s Sky6 mates. Would like it to be different just for sodding once but won’t hold my breath.
Dave Pritchard
68 Posted 03/04/2023 at 14:56:56
Someone advocating flares at the match with all the safety implications. Someone else saying Oliver is officially corrupt. Come on guys, just get behind the team in a positive way. I fully expect to be hammered for this post.
Michael Boardman
69 Posted 03/04/2023 at 14:59:24
BBC start the team news with news from Spuds, including who didn't leave the toilet seat down, followed by a cursory line around DCL. We're the home team. What utter tripe
Mark Ryan
70 Posted 03/04/2023 at 15:10:30
Chris @ 60 all day long. Thank god we managed to balance the books slightly. It explains the whole Richarlison money disappearing without a trace and explains why we were NEVER really in for Sulimani who went to Southampton and the other targets. We couldn't afford a pint never mind a striker.
DYCHE " We were all there on deadline day till late trying to get someone in. It wasn't for a lack of trying, I can assure you".
A little white lie there methinks Sean
Tom Bowers
71 Posted 03/04/2023 at 15:39:09
Both teams have a lot to play for but Everton need the points more and need to get to Spurs early (if they can) but a win of any kind would be superb.

Hate being were we are but we are one of about eight teams with squads that are not performing and it's going to be a rat race to survive.

Danny O’Neill
72 Posted 03/04/2023 at 15:55:54
Euston behind me. Goodison bound. See some of you there.

Those in spirit from afar, be there too.

Christopher Timmins
73 Posted 03/04/2023 at 15:59:21

Enjoy the trip back home, I hope the away supporters don't upset you and that you get the result that you and all those who support the club deserve.

Did you spot Chairman Bill on the train?

Robert Tressell
74 Posted 03/04/2023 at 16:41:24
Dave # 68. We can do this. Let's get the positivity started. COYB
Mick Conalty
75 Posted 03/04/2023 at 16:57:54
Will Bill and Mosh be allowed in tonight. 😡😃😡
Frank Fearns
76 Posted 03/04/2023 at 17:30:31
Michael 69. Look at ( maybe not!) the BBC sports site. Click on Everton from the table and what are they showing two Spuds - Son and Kane! Click on Spuds site and what do we have - Son and Kane! So much for impartiality. Bloody BBC.
Danny O’Neill
77 Posted 03/04/2023 at 17:32:37
That's up to them Mick but from my view, they're not welcome. They made their choice. They made their bed.

Christopher, he wouldn't be sat in Coach C (bar / canteen) in standard. Even if he was travelling, it would be first class no doubt at the club's expense.

I left home at midday and won't get back until 7am tomorrow morning.

I'm no martyr, and I don't expect sympathy. I don't do it for that. But I would never stay away and criticise our own supporters, especially if I was apparently the biggest Evertonian ever.

I don't claim to be. I'm just one of us like the rest of us.

As Robert says, let's get positive. It's a game of football and we can get something.

Crossing the Mersey with Hale shore in sight. Passing Finch Farm.

It always feels like coming home. It always does.

Derek Knox
78 Posted 03/04/2023 at 18:21:18
Danny, if there was an Everton Medal for loyalty mate, yourself, Rob Halligan, John Raftery, Stephen Vincent, Neil Copeland and many many more, would be more than deserving candidates. Sadly your loyalty isn't always appreciated at Club and Board Level.

I take my hat off to you all ! Well, I would if I wore one, but you know what I mean. :-)

Dave Williams
79 Posted 03/04/2023 at 18:46:11
Derek # 39 I remember it well. I had copped off with a really attractive bird at a party the weekend before and arranged to see her on the following Friday night. When I realised we were playing I phoned her and said( not asked) to rearrange our date as the team was playing. Alas she declined and said that if Everton meant more to me than her then she was glad she had found out before we got started.
That was the end with her, I went to the game then copped off with another bird in Ruperts club later in the evening.
Those were the days!!!

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